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Sandra Tuszynska (PhD)
Sandra is an agricultural scientist, soil microbiologist and a mycologist, with a PhD on the cellular mechanisms of mycorrhizal fungi (root symbiotic fungi) in protecting plants from heavy metal stress. She loves fungi and the special role that fungi play in ecosystems as nutrient providers to plants, decomposers and regenerators. As a soil microbiologist and mycologist, she endeavours to help land managers and famers to bring soils back to life to replenish biodiversity and clean up our food chain from the devastating effects from chemical and mechanical agriculture. Sandra is a passionate science communicator and advocate for biodiversity, sharing biological facts in public forums. In her current role as an Environmental Projects Officer at Woodfordia Inc., Sandra leads several citizen science, environmental education, land and biodiversity restoration projects. Sandra loves to create engagements and communication pathways for a biologically informed future, in which we cooperate with the fascinating and rich biodiversity that sustains life on Earth. Sandra can be reached at
Alieta Belle (Bachelor Visual Arts, Grad Dip Teaching)
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Alieta is a practicing teacher in a Queensland Independent Primary School, The River School. She works with networks of professionals in environmental and arts fields to enrich student learning and offer real-world hands-on experiences to students. Alieta’s Media Arts students entered their fungi video ‘The Hidden World of Fungi’ into the Sunshine Coast Council’s Young Eco-Documentary Film Competition and won first place. Alieta was asked to submit work samples to ACARA for the curriculum area of Media Arts and these are being used on the ACARA website nationally. Alieta has published numerous articles nationally about the importance of integrating The Arts with other subject areas in the curriculum. She co-ordinates the participation of her students, in the Sunshine Coast Kids in Action Environmental Conference each year, promoting active citizenship in the area of Sustainability. Alieta is a passionate advocate for Environmental Education being taught in schools.

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